Geelong has world class health care and all permanent residents are entitled to benefits. The Medicare system is publicly
funded, and provides permanent residents with access to both hospital and non-emergency care.
The City of Greater Geelong is focused on improving the health and quality of life of all residents of Greater Geelong.
Geelong currently has three hospitals with a fourth to be built in 2013.
Geelong Public Hospital - Barwon Health
The Geelong Hospital has a full suite of medical and surgical services, including cardiothoracic surgery and is one of the busiest hospitals in the state. It is a 406 bed general medical and surgical teaching hospital affiliated with The University of Melbourne and Deakin University with obstetric, paediatric and psychiatric beds.
Doctors, General Practitioners (GPs) and Allied Services
The Geelong region has a range of medical practitioners operating through Bulk Billing or Fee For Service. Bulk Billing is a payment option where the practitioner is paid directly by the government under the Medicare system. Fee for Service involves the patient paying for the services, and then visiting a Medicare office for a partial refund.
Choosing a Doctor (General Practitioners)
It is important that you, and your family, are comfortable with the GP of your choosing. Health reforms in recent years have given Australians great access to health care and even greater choice of providers.
The common questions you will need to answer are:
- How important is seeing the same GP each visit?
- What level of qualification do you require from your GP?
- How important is bulk billing (government subsidy) to you?
The ABC provides a great resource for helping you decide on the type of care most appropriate for you.
The Geelong Region has a range of doctors (Usually referred to as General practitioners or 'GP's') operating individually or as part of a larger medical clinic. For more information on the range of practitioners available in Geelong go to the local directory of Geelong doctors.
Medicare provides all Australians with access to free or low-cost health services and a number of other programs. Medicare's website can provide you with all the answers you may have about our public health system.
Private Health Insurance
As Medicare does not cover all costs and because not all visa types are eligible for Medicare, it is strongly advised to take out private health insurance cover.
Reciprocal Health Care Rights:
Some countries have reciprocal health insurance coverage with Australia. These include Finland, the Republic of Ireland, Italy, Malta, New Zealand, Sweden, Norway, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom
City of Greater Geelong has extensive aged care services and facilities; Get easy access to home assessments, parking permits, volunteering organisations, seniors clubs and more.
We provide a public immunisation service through Barwon Health.
Our service provides:
- Free immunisation of all National Immunisation Schedule vaccines to all eligible residents in our community.
- Vaccination histories for School Entry Immunisation Certificates.
- Advice and support for residents relating to vaccinations through a number of organisations.
This service is provided to ensure the health and wellbeing of every resident in our community by reducing the incidence of vaccine preventable diseases.
Maternal and Child Health
The Maternal and Child Health service provides information, advice and support to those caring for babies and young children.
Using their expertise in normal development and behaviour of children aged up to 6 years, our team of specialist nurses and child health workers carry out health and development reviews via home visits and appointments at Maternal and Child Health Centres.
Our Maternal and Child Health Service provides early recognition of problems which may affect a child's progress.
Further information on medical services in the State of Victoria
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